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Lawmakers bid farewell to former Senate Prez Margolis

In a touching goodbye, Senators said their formal farewells to Sen. Gwen Margolis, who retires this year after 34 years in the Legislature.

During her time in Tallahassee, Margolis, D-Sunny Isles Beach, has gone from serving as Florida's first female Senate President to serving in the Senate's 14-member minority.

And as they said good-bye, Senators cited Margolis' efforts in Sunshine Law legislation, education funding and affordable house reform.

"If we were to recount your accomplishments we could probably fill up every minute of the last days of this session," Senate President Ken Pruitt said.

Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, also hailed Margolis' long history fighting for women's rights, including pushing for a women's bathroom behind the Senate chamber. The Capitol did not have one there until she became Senate President -- in 1990.

"It has been the experience of a lifetime, something I will never forget," Margolis said. "I love you all. I respect you all. And thank you."

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